2. Can Baltimore end up signing former 1st-overall pick Jadeveon Clowney?
News popped up out of left field on Tuesday when Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic send a tweet to the open world reporting Jadeveon Clowney's visit to the Ravens taking place while Day 12 was undergoing.
While it wasn't surprising to find out about the franchise hosting and EDGE for a visit considering the shallow depth of the position in the current roster, it was indeed shocking to learn about the Ravens at least entertaining the idea of signing the former first-overall pick.
From holding a meeting to signing a contract, though, there is a wide stretch. That's why Clowney left the building without a signed deal with Baltimore, the same that happened a few days ago when Kyle Van Noy visited the Ravens but also left without a contract.
Choosing between the two aforementioned players, though, might come down to who prices himself out of the Ravens' cap room or plans for using them.
Clowney has been known for a while as a one-year-man. Not since his rookie deal expired has the former South Carolina standout signed a multi-year contract. That will (most probably) be the case this summer, even more knowing that he forced his way out of Cleveland as the Browns just released him last March after he blamed the organization for misusing him.
Van Noy peaked at a hefty $12.75 million per year when he signed with the Dolphins back in 2020, but he was released one year after that and only got $6 million guaranteed in his next contract with the Patriots, and a measly $2.25 million last season while playing for the Chargers.
Clowney, on the other hand, has made a living off those contract-year pacts. The Seahawks, Titans, and Browns (two times) paid the man between $7 and $15 guaranteed million in each of the past four deals he got from those teams, including $9.25 million last year.
It looks like the Ravens will most definitely end up adding a veteran to bolster the pass-rushing unit. How much money the franchise is willing to pay for such a player, though, is still way up in the air with the options they have explored ranging from demanding near-minimum contracts to eight-digit guaranteed deals.